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Introducing the Sunday Adventure Series

Well hello there blog friends! Long time no. . . write? Post? It doesn’t matter, what does matter is my sincere apology for not posting sooner. It’s funny, I set out to write a specific post and the second that blank white box pops up a million topics run through my mind. I should remember this as a potential cure for future blog block. But a lot of those topics need some time to cook before they would end up as more than just a non-sensical ramble. Because I never ramble. . .

Anyway, back to my originial plan. Welcome to the very first Sunday Adventure post. You’re in luck, today is a 2 for 1 special! Before we jump in to recapping the first two Sundays of this series, let me explain where these posts are coming from. I work 50+ hours a week. I have my normal 9-5 grind and then I nanny/babysit for two different families which usually occurs between Friday night and Saturday night. Thus my Sunday’s are sacred. I try to keep them as free as possible because it’s really the only full day a week I have.

So Sunday Adventures were born. It pretty much entails Hadley, Abbey and I doing something random, fun, uncomfortable, adventurous or all of the above. We plan a full day of fun.

Newport, RI

The first Sunday Adventure took us to Newport, RI. Newport is always a highlight in the summer time. If you’ve never been, it’s a beach town with some of Rhode Island’s best beaches and an awesome downtown area with lots of shops and restaurants and there’s always events going on. It’s a pretty big tourist area in the summer so crowds, parking and beach traffic can be a bit chaotic but we parked for free with ease thanks to a connection Abbey had and since we went in the early afternoon we didn’t hit too much traffic.

We shopped around for about and hour or so, most of which was spent in my own personal heaven, Yankee Candle, and then decided if we wanted to grab dinner we should probably do it before the dinner rush. We decided on Brick Alley Pub which is a Newport staple with pretty delicious food. I got the Caprese sandwich which is one of my favorite meals. IMG_1382blog

Since we ate dinner on the early side there was stillplenty of daylight left for more shopping and walking. Here are a couple more pictures of our first Sunday Adventure.

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Crazy Burger and The Umbrella Factory

This next one was our 2nd Sunday Adventure and it’s safe to say this time we definitely ventured out of our comfort zones. Hadley, Abbey and I drove south for about as far as we could go while still staying within the Rhode Island borders. Our first stop was in Narraganset for Crazy Burger.

Crazy Burger is a casual restaurant that caters to all foodies. It offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options as well as more than enough for us carnivores. Crazy Burger has actually been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. Despite this claim to fame, I found it rather average, as did Hadley who didn’t enjoy her meal much. If you don’t know already, I have the palette of a 6 year old so my opinion is pretty tainted when it comes to these things. Hadley and Abbey on the other hand are amateur foodies and both agreed for the most part.

Next stop was Charlestown, RI for The Umbrella Factory. This was Hadley and I’s first visit and boy were we shocked. The Umbrella Factory is a sort of compound that resembles a flea market. But this was the mecca of all crunchy granola flea markets. You really have to experience this for yourself and I’ll have to let the pictures speak for themselves but just to get you going in the right direction here a few things we saw. Incense, a lot of it, a bamboo forest, a hummingbird like bee, a petting zoo with the most bizarre looking birds I’ve ever seen, and a lot of linen. Observe. . .

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Well there you have it, the first part in the Sunday Adventure Series. Keep a look out for the next installment.

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An Introduction

As promised, here is my next introductory post. I was originally planning on writing a casual outline for what I want this blog to become but then I ran into a problem. I don’t know what I want it to become specifically, and that is half the fun. I am really looking forward to sitting down everyday and writing whatever the hell I feel like writing that day. Because this is my blog and I can do what I want =)

Eventually when (if?) I get some regular readers I would really be interested in getting feedback on what people like and dislike in regards to posts and will definitely take that into consideration as this blog changes shape over time. For now though, I have a few topics I would like to cover.

Ideally, I would like this to be an open forum for the many voices in my head, so I predict some randomness in topics, especially in the beginning while I find my footing in the blog world. I want to cover daily things like what I’m doing to reach my health and fitness goals, ways I’m dealing with my ever present stress levels, how I’m working on striving to be happy in my daily life. I would like to get into things like long-term goals, changes I am making in my life and navigating life as a 20-something. I want to talk about things like finances in your twenties, education, movies, TV and books, travel and maybe recent events. I would like to discuss beauty and health trends and tips (what works and what doesn’t) home decor and products I love. I would also like to take some cues from the blogging world and participate in linked posts like Marvelous in My Monday and What I Ate Wednesday and the various surveys that pop up.

As far as the look and navigation of my blog. I haven’t gotten it exactly where I want it so please bear with me as I post and figure out this blog world at the same time. I want to share some of the pictures I’ve been taking (sparingly) lately and I definitely want to use pictures to document some of the things I discuss in my posts. Disclaimer: please take the word “photography” loosely. I am by no means a photographer. I’m just a creative goof with a camera at this point. (Thanks Court for my camera!)

I am a little more confident with what I, personally, want to gain from this blog. I want to use this as a way to motivate myself to write everyday, to practice and keep my writing fresh. I want to use this as a way to organize my thoughts. I want to make this part of my routine. I want to use this as a way to relieve stress and help myself feel more productive. I would love to venture into the blogging community and learn the ins and outs and develop this blog. I want to use this as a way to keep myself accountable for my writing practice, for my goal to learn about photography, for the promises I made to live a healthier, happier life everyday.

I hope this sounds like something that might interest you. Keep reading, I promise it will be exciting from time to time =)

Starting This Blog.

So I started this blog around this time last year. I wrote two posts and never did a thing with it since. I didn’t understand why until recently.

Starting a blog has always been a goal of mine and it really came about because of two things. One, I started reading other people’s blogs, mostly healthy living and fitness blogs. I started getting into these as a way of motivation to live my life in a more health-conscious way and while it definitely lit a spark, the consistency has been lacking.

Second, I am a writer. I know that sounds pretentious and people hear me say that and ask oh, what have you written? While I’ve written creatively for a large chunk of my life, most of my writing has been for myself personally and not something I share. When referring to someone as a writer it doesn’t necessarily mean they are published, it refers to something deeper, something I believe is an intrinsic part of their being. You’re born a writer, and you either are one or you’re not. I would like to eventually write more about this in a future post so for now, I’ll just leave it at that.

So back to this blog. This goal and pull towards creating a blog that sort of chronicles my life and sort of gives me an outlet to put my chaotic waves of thought into words on a semi-regular basis has been present for a long time now. So why did I say I was going to do it just to turn around and quit? The answer I came up with is because I was doing it for the wrong reasons and in the wrong frame of mind.

I was looking at all the numerous blogs I read everyday and saying I love this, or I love that and was sort of on the track of taking my favorite parts of my favorite blogs and putting them all into my blog. That has got to be the least creative and innovative thing I have ever done and thinking back on it kind makes me cringe. I realized that if I want this to be something I enjoy doing and something I’m proud of then it needs to be me, and it needs to be my own. I’ve always done my own thing and I plan to make this blog fit in with that.

The bigger lightbulb I experienced was as a result of some introspectiveness. Now, I have never been someone who apologizes for who I am or someone who tries to change myself for well, anything. I have always been a confident person and never really phased by what others thought of me. But in regards to this blog, I realized that I was worried about what people would think after revealing a deeper part of me on this blog. Even though I don’t plan on getting into the nitty gritty, deep down, life altering parts of me, I do plan on revealing a lot of myself in my posts. Maybe it’s the less than private approach I’m taking, maybe I’m used to relying too much on the comfort of knowing that only a handful of people really know me, but whatever it is, it was a definite road block in the creation of this blog.

So after these profound (ha!) realizations, I’ve decided to start fresh, which is becoming a theme in my life at the moment. If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve deleted the last two posts I wrote (almost a year ago) and I’m starting over with this new post.

This is it, the second official start to my blog. I’ll write another post in the next day or two explaining what I hope this will become, the kind of posts I will be doing and what you can hopefully expect to read from me in the future.

Thanks for reading ;)